Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2019 Western Australian Chardonnay panel tasting. "A little creamy with apricot, juicy green pineapple, scented apricot skin finish. There's a firm citric backbone too. This would go rather well with shellfish."
See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the team at Howard Park.
Howard Park Chardonnay 2017 - fiche technique
Established in 1986, Howard Park is one of the original pioneers of the cool climate Great Southern region known for its rich ancient soils and elevated vineyard sites, and the iconic Margaret River wine region built on a vision of crafting outstanding handcrafted wines with an uncompromising commitment to quality.
Viticulture and winemaking are carried out with minimal intervention and organic & biodynamic practices employed. Howard Park produces wines of international standing that are noted for their rare balance of elegance and power showing a consistency of style and quality which is the hallmark of enduring great wines.
Howard Park’s award winning Chardonnay is handcrafted from grapes sourced from two vineyards, our Mount Barrow vineyard in Mount Barker and our Allingham vineyard in Margaret River. Mount Barrow is dedicated to growing Chardonnay for still and sparkling wine. The unique attributes of this site include an elevation of 380M and a panorama of vineyard aspects from north to south facing. It is planted to the Chardonnay clones of Dijon origin.
This wine is exquisitly well balanced and has a fantastic balance and flavour perspective. It has citrus and a hint of tropicality on the nose as well as a toasty nutty hint.This wine has a creaminess thanks to the sympathetic barrel fermentation as well as crisp acidity with the aromas carry through to the palate. It has a toast and nut influenced finish.
The Howard Park Chardonnay is a modern style of Australian’ barrel-fermented Chardonnay: elegant, lean and sophisticated. The Howard Park Chardonnay will enormously reward those that are patient enough to cellar this wine. A wine with boundless subtleties of flavour, complexity and style that will age elegantly over the next 5 years.